Two Labour Senators are calling for the setting up of a commission of inquiry into the murder of Fr. Niall Molloy.
Today (November 15) in the Senate, John Kelly and John Whelan called for the establishment of an inquiry into the brutal murder in July 1985 of the Roscommon priest. They received a significant cross party support for their initiative.
Fr. Niall Molloy’s life was taken in Clara, Co Offaly, when he was a guest at a wedding.
The senators stated that the subsequent ‘botched investigation and cover up’ into the circumstances of his death, warrants an independent investigation, to allay mounting public disquiet.
Senators Kelly and Whelan have called on the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, to initiate such an inquiry immediately, as already promised by the Minister himself to Fr Molloy’s family when he was in opposition.
Senator John Kelly said that Fr Molloy was murdered and those responsible have remained at large for almost 30 years.
Fr Molloy was in his prime and voted Roscommon ‘Man of the Year’ only weeks earlier, such was the regard and high esteem he was held in, in Roscommon and the Midlands.
The senators state that to date there has been ‘no satisfactory investigation’, which has left his grieving family, friends and community, waiting for answers and closure.
Senator John Whelan said that a substantial and persuasive new body of evidence had now come into the public domain which made it incumbent on the government to instigate an independent inquiry into this sordid affair.
“The circumstances of Fr. Molloy’s murder are distressing enough, but the subsequent haphazard investigation and grave miscarriage of justice continue to cause distress and public disquiet,” he commented.
The bottom line, according to the two senators, is that the State has failed Fr Niall Molloy and his family. They believe elements within the Garda Síochána, the medical profession, the judiciary, the Catholic Church and the political establishment had conspired, either, deliberately, or through incompetence, to prevent the full truth and the full facts of this terrible murder from being made known.
The senators conclude that the only way to find out what really happened in Clara on July 7 1985, and for justice to be finally served, is for the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, to immediately establish a Commission of inquiry into the death of Fr. Niall Molloy.